"Worship in Sport" by Roger Lipe
“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.” - Romans 12:1 (NLT)
Time, concentration, and the intentional neglect of other pursuits are just a few sacrifices you make to compete in sport. Think of the physical toll your sport takes on your body. Bruises, and sometimes broken bones are too often part of an athlete’s life.
As you experience such sacrifice, how conscious are you that these may be presented to God as holy, pleasing, and spiritual acts of worship? As surely as God is pleased with the service of singing in church, He is pleased with however you express your love for Christ in sport.
Part of presenting our bodies as living sacrifices is shaped by how we do it. Rather than squeezing into the world’s way of competition, our minds and hearts are renewed and transformed through study, fellowship, and prayer. In this daily process of sacrifice, our experiences in sport are fashioned into God-honoring worship. This enables us to wisely perceive the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God on and off the field of competition.
What do you sacrifice daily as a part of your life in sport?
Father, the world of sport is full of Your grace and glory. My life is surrounded by Your merciful power. I revel in moments of quiet communion and in hours of furious activity. I commit this day to You. Amen.